Tea of the Week for July 10, 2017!
I had the idea for this tea way back before we took over 52Teas. I'm not sure if I shared the idea with Frank - I know that I was in his email pretty much every week or so with new ideas for tea and I'm also pretty sure that he got to the point where he was irritated every time that he saw my name pop up in his email yet again.
Once upon a time, I subscribed to a 'foodie' type of subscription, appropriately named "Foodzie." Foodzie has since been sold to another company and the subscription service seems to have fallen by the wayside. I've since tried a few other foodie subscription services - my favorite (Knoshy) seems to have also disappeared. [insert frown-y face here.] Anyway, Foodzie and the other subscription services would send me a box every month and each box would be filled with 'gourmet' treats crafted by small companies. One month, I received a bottle of root beer and it was the best tasting root beer I've ever tasted.
There was the normal 'root beer-ish' sort of flavor to it (or would that be sarsaparilla?) but as this was no usual root beer - there was a whole lot more to it than just the typical root beer notes. It had some really unique, amazing layers of flavor that I had never experienced in a root beer before. I tasted hints of wintergreen, clove and anise in the bubbly bottle of root beer. It was SO GOOD.
So, being as mad about tea as I am, I was certain that this root beer needed to be recreated into a tea. So when the time came that I was to take over 52Teas, one of the very first tea I put on my 'list' of teas to create was this one. Now, it took me a while to get to actually crafting it - but I think it's been well worth the wait.
I started with a base of black teas from China and India (Yunnan, Assam, Ceylon and Fujian) and added some sarsaparilla root, cloves, star anise, a hint of wintergreen and natural flavors to recreate the root beer of my dreams - only better - because it's a tea.
This is one I recommend drinking as an iced tea - because let's face it - root beer is tastier when it's ice cold!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: black teas, sarsaparilla root, licorice root, cloves, star anise, vanilla bean, calendula petals and natural flavors
ingredients: black teas